Rescuing CalCOFI Monterey Bay, 1951 – 1974
- In 1951, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University (HMS) became an official component in the developing California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) program to collect oceanographic data in Monterey Bay. Hopkins staff conducted weekly sampling (more or less) continuously from March 1951 through June 1974. The aim of the program was to conduct joint fisheries-oceanographic cruises that would help researchers understand what contributed to the crash of the sardine fishery in the California Current. The HMS CalCOFI dataset is an extremely important contribution to early oceanographic research in the Northeast Pacific Ocean, and extends our observations in this area decades into the past. After the end of the program in 1974, the logbooks, raw data and formal reports sat quietly in the library at HMS. In 2017, a majority of these materials were digitized and made available as images and PDFs in the Stanford Digital Repository. Our efforts have now shifted toward extracting the most important observational data from the scans so they can be shared as actionable datasets. This poster summarizes the dataset and our work to make these critical data available for researchers.
|Type of resource
|December 1, 2020
|August 6, 2021; February 1, 2023
|November 30, 2020
|California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (Program)
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- Whitmire, Amanda. (2020). Rescuing CalCOFI Monterey Bay, 1951 – 1974. Stanford Digital Repository. Poster, presented at the 2020 CalCOFI Conference. https://purl.stanford.edu/jx225zq1407
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